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A weekly show featuring interviews with locally and nationally known authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

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Alafair Burke on her suspense novel, "The Ex"

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Alafair Burke on her suspense novel, "The Ex"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with writer Alafair Burke about her new suspense novel, "The Ex," in which a  woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated. 
Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Jane Smiley on her trilogy of "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age"

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Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jane Smiley on her trilogy of "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age"

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Thousand Acres" discusses her latest work, a trilogy of novels which take an Iowan farming family over the course of a hundred years: "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age," the most recent. She is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves www.bookwaves.com http://www.bookwaves.com

Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

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Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

"It won't take long-a page, maybe two-before you feel wondrously disquieted by Keith Lee Morris's Travelers Rest. The novel traps its characters in the town of Good Night, Idaho, and the reader in its shaken snow globe of a world. The language dazzles and the circumstances chill and put this story in the good company of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks. This is a breakout book that will earn Morris the wide readership he richly deserves."―Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands and Red Moon

Paul Theroux on his latest book, "Deep South"

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Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Paul Theroux on his latest book, "Deep South"

Paul Theroux discusses his latest travel book, "Deep South," about his road trip through the backwoods of the Southern United States. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves http://bookwaves.homestead.com/

Amber J. Keyser on her novel "The Way Back from Broken"

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Thu, 12/24/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Amber J. Keyser on her novel "The Way Back from Broken"

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Oregon writer Amber J. Keyser about her new novel "The Way Back from Broken," which tells the story of two young people thrown together by shared tragedy who find healing in the Canadian wilderness. It draws on Amber Keyser's own deeply personal loss and her lifetime of wilderness canoeing. 

James Grissom on his book "Follies of God"

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:45am - 12:00pm
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James Grissom on his book "Follies of God"

We hear an excerpt from an interview with James Grissom, author of "Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog," a book based on interviews with the actors and directors who worked with the late playwright. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

An extended 50-minute version of this interview can be found at www.bookwaves.com

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:00am - 11:45am
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The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

From the author of the National Book Award–nominated Veronica: Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her  "Gaitskill takes a premise that could have been preachy, sentimental, or simplistic—juxtaposing urban and rural, rich and poor, young and old, brown and white—and makes it candid and emotionally complex, spare, real, and deeply affecting. Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Lizard Princess: symbol plus energy equals reality

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Thu, 12/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Lyn Moelich speaks with author Tod Davies about her latest book the Lizard Princess
In this third book in the Arcadia Wonder Tale Series, Tod Davies takes us through the bittersweet, lush and very human journey of Sophia, The Lizard Princess as she crosses mountains ,oceans  and deserts and the Moon Itself to meet her fate and the fate of her beloved Arcadia on the Road of the of the Dead. Her reward is the key that opens the door of the Domain of Life where wisdom trumps knowledge. There is a lot to talk about with this book and it's going to take two women to do it, so listen in, it's going to be deep and fun.

Membership Drive Special! Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life

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Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Sandra Cisneros: A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
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Between the Covers shares an interview with author Sandra Cisneros, recorded at KBOO during her recent visit to Portland. We'll offer copies of her new memoir, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (including one signed copy!), to those who contribute to KBOO during the hour.

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

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Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.  Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's.

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Alafair Burke on her latest mystery, "212"

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Thu, 05/06/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with writer Alistair Burke about her third white-knuckle thriller "212." NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan are investigating the murder of NYU student Megan Gunther, who's the target of threatening posts on a college gossip Web site. The death of bodyguard Robert Robo Mancini, whose bullet-ridden corpse turns up in a swanky new building, the 212, built by Sam Sparks, the high-powered Manhattan real-estate developer Robo worked for, ups the ante. When Sam makes it clear that the police won't have access to any company records, Ellie's interest is piqued. As she and J.J. try to piece together Megan's life, they discover a link between the student and a recently murdered real estate agent. With her usual tenacity, Ellie pursues leads that put both her career and her life at risk. Burke expertly weaves real-life headlines into her plot—particularly the Craig's List Killer and the slew of recent political scandals—without ever sacrificing originality.

Sarah Dunant on "Sacred Hearts," a novel of intrigue in a 16th century Italian convent

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Thu, 04/29/2010

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major worldwide acclaim and In the Company of the Courtesan. With the publication of Sacred Hearts, she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Sarah Dunant’s research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens’secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and with Sacred Hearts the lives of the Sisters of Santa Caterina.

Author Susan Douglas discusses "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done"

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Thu, 04/29/2010
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Susan Douglas about her new book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done. Douglas exposes popular images of women in the media as mere fantasies of female power, assuring women and girls that the battle for equality has been won, so there’s nothing wrong with resurrecting sexist stereotypes—all in good fun, of course. She shows that these portrayals not only distract us from the real-world challenges facing women today but also drive a wedge between baby-boom women and their “millennial” daughters.

Susan J. Douglas is the author of Where the Girls Are, The Mommy Myth, and other works of cultural history and criticism. She is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies and chair of the department at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1996. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Village Voice, and In These Times. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Novelist Susan Stoner discusses her PDX historical mystery: "Timber Beasts"

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Fri, 04/09/2010
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Susan Stoner, author of Timber BeastsStoner , general counsel at Portland-headquartered Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 — worked in her free time to develop a series of historical mysteries set in the Portland of 1902. Now the first published installment is in print, and is garnering favorable reactions from local historians and labor history buffs. Jim Strassmeier, longtime oral historian for the Oregon Historical Society, called it a “unique, genre-crossing novel” that “combines rousing adventure with accurate back-to-the-past details.”

Mystery writer Dana Stabenow: "A Night Too Dark"

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Thu, 04/01/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Dana Stabenow, author of A Night Too Dark, a mystery set in the Bush Country of Alaska.  Stabenow has produced works in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller genres. Many of her books are set in her home state of Alaska, where she was raised by her single mother who lived and worked on a fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Chris Bohjalian on his novel: "Secrets of Eden"

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Thu, 03/25/2010

On the March 25, 2010, airing of Between the Covers, host Crystal Leighty interviews Chris Bohjalian, the author of thirteen books, including the new novel, Secrets of Eden, a story of shattered faith, intimate secrets and the delicate exploration of the nature of sacrifice.

Author Audrey Niffenegger on "Her Fearful Symmetry"

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Thu, 03/18/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Audrey Niffenegger, author of Her Fearful Symmetry, a ghost story involving two sets of twins.

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, she is the author of two illustrated novels. She lives in Chicago.

Annie Barrows, co-author of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society"

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Thu, 03/11/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, a novel of love and intrigue on an island in the English Channel in 1946.

Mary Ann Shaffer became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there when a thick fog descended and all boats and planes were forbidden to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to lift, warming herself by the heat of the hand-dryer in the men's restroom, she read all the books in the Guernsey airport bookstore, including Jersey under the Jack-Boot. Thus began her fascination with the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Many years later, when goaded by her book club to write a novel, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. She chose to write in the epistolary form because, "for some bizarre reason, I thought it would be easier." Several years of work yielded The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was greeted with avid enthusiasm, first by her family, then by her writing group, and finally by publishers around the world. Sadly, Mary Ann's health began to decline shortly thereafter, and she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to help her finish the book.

Mary Ann Shaffer was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1934. Her career included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, but her life-long dream was to "write a book that someone would like enough to publish." Though she did not live to see it, this dream has been realized in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Annie Barrows, whose career also included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, is the author of the

Ivy and Bean

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The Magic Half

Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

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Thu, 03/04/2010

Writer and teacher Elizabeth Benedict talks about "Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives." She edited the book, which features essays by Elizabeth Benedict * Robert Boyers * Jay Cantor * John Casey * Maud Casey * Christopher Castellani * Alexander Chee * Michael Cunningham * Jonathan Safran Foer * Julia Glass * Mary Gordon * Neil Gordon * Arnon Grunberg * Samantha Hunt * Denis Johnson * Margot Livesey * Dinaw Mengestu * Sigrid Nunez * Joyce Carol Oates * ZZ Packer * Caryl Phillips * Carolyn See * Jim Shepard * Anita Shreve * Jane Smiley * Martha Southgate * Cheryl Strayed * Evelyn Toynton * Lily Tuck * Edmund White

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award-shortlisted Slow Dancing, and The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She has been a frequent guest on such national programs as NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered, and her work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Boston Globe, AARP, Huffington Post, Allure, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, and Salmagundi. Benedict is currently on the faculty of the Columbia University MFA program and has taught writing at Princeton, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Swarthmore College. She lives in New York City and Boston.

Kathleen Stephenson hosts.
 

Author Matthew Flaming on "The Kingdom of Ohio," a speculative of science in 1900

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Thu, 02/25/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local writer Matthew Flaming, author of  The Kingdom of Ohio, a speculative about science in 1900.   "The Kingdom of Ohio" is a love story set against New York City at the dawn of the mechanical age, featuring Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and J. P. Morgan."  After discovering an old photograph, an elderly antiques dealer living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has struggled to deny. The photograph depicts a man and a woman. The man is Peter Force, a young frontier adventurer who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly lands a job digging the first subway tunnels beneath the metropolis. The woman is Cheri- Anne Toledo, a beautiful mathematical prodigy whose memories appear to come from another world. They meet seemingly by chance, and initially Peter dismisses her as crazy. But as they are drawn into a tangle of overlapping intrigues, Peter must reexamine Cheri-Anne’s fantastic story. Could it be that she is telling the truth and that she has stumbled onto the most dangerous secret imaginable: the key to traveling through time?  Set against the mazelike streets of New York at the dawn of the mechanical age, Peter and Cheri-Anne find themselves wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself.

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Timber Beasts

I've read the book twice and rather hoped to hear the program that the author spoke on the book. But that page was not available on your site. Anyway, I loved the book. I thought it was an exciting dose of history. Stoner brought the Portland of  1900 to life. There was intrigue that kept my interest throughout the book.

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I was washing eggs at the farm when this came on. I loved it and looked for it to share with my peeps!

 

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